Five short crime stories featuring amateur sleuth and railway expert Thorpe Hazell. Fiction's first speciality detective Thorpe Hazell uses his locomotive expertise to solve the audacious and ingenious crimes plaguing the Edwardian railways. Produced for Radio 7 by Fiona Kelcher, and read by Benedict Cumberbatch.
First broadcast from 20081208 to 20081212, Radio 7
20081208 The Affair Of The German Dispatch-box Hazell hatches a daring plan to retrieve a highly-sensitive government document before it reaches the German Ambassador.
20081209 Sir Gilbert Murrell's Picture When an entire wagon containing valuable paintings disappears from a goods train that never stopped, Hazell's skill is needed.
20081210 The Affair Of The Corridor Express A multimillionaire's son disappears from a moving train. Hazell must find the kidnappers before the boy is lost forever.
20081211 The Stolen Necklace A lady begs Hazell to help when the diamond necklace that she borrowed without her aunt's permission is stolen from her suitcase.
20081212 The Affair Of The Birmingham Bank Customers keep drawing money from a Midlands bank, so gold reserves are sent by train. Hazell must guard against train robbery.